SADTU Eastern Cape defies order to disband

FEBRUARY 16, 2015

Regions of South African Democratic Teachers Unions (SADTU) in the Eastern Cape have reportedly defied the National Executive Committee’s decision to disband the Provincial Working Committee (PWC) of the union. The SADTU regions and the disbanded PWC met in Ginsberg on Sunday.

The PWC was disbanded last week allegedly over irregularities at a provincial conference in 2014.

The meeting has resolved that the PWC must continue with its duties. They say they do not recognise the task team set up by the SADTU National Executive Committee (NEC).


The problems between SADTU in the Eastern Cape and its national office are long standing. This resulted in the province taking the NEC to court last year following the nullification of its conference.

SADTU General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke previously said that there were serious irregularities that took place in a provincial elective conference last July.

He says the irregularities include branches that were not supposed to attend the conference, but were included in the list of credentials.

“The issues that led to the disbandment are the irregularities that took place prior and during the conference, the irregularities were then violating the constitution of the organisation and the NEC felt that it was proper to disband that structure so that the constitution is respected by all the members of the organisation,” Maluleke explained.


Disbanded provincial deputy secretary, Zanele Booi, says they will operate from their homes if needs be.

"The members here and the branches still recognise us as their leadership, they are not accepting, and they are rejecting the task team that has been established.

“We will carry on with the duties because our belief is that when we started SADTU, we had no offices, we were operating from schools, from everywhere, from our own  homes so this is exactly what we are going to do," she told the SABC.

"Fortunately, for us branches and regions do have offices and so if there is anything that will need us to operate from the office, we will use offices of branches and regions."